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    According to the Russian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan signed a contract for Russia's Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Pakistan will acquire four Russian Mi-35M helicopters, the Russian Embassy in Islamabad said Thursday.

    "The contract for four Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters was signed late last week," an embassy spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

    According to the spokesperson, the agreement was reached between Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and Pakistan's Ministry of Defense.

    In July, Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrey Shibitov said a decision to supply Mi-35M helicopters to Pakistan to fight terrorism could be made in the near future.

    In September 2014, Rosoboronexport's deputy director general, Sergey Goreslavsky, said Pakistan was seeking to purchase several Mi-35M helicopters to combat terrorism. Russia and Pakistan signed a deal to collaborate on defense two months later.

    The Mi-24/25/35 family, with capabilities of landing and transporting up to eight paratroopers, is in current use by the Russian, Brazilian, Venezuelan and Azerbaijani armed forces.


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